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NBC 5 / KXAS and Telemundo 39 / KXTX announced the continuation of its annual pet adoption drive Clear the Shelters which will occur on Saturday, Aug. 17.

Along with other NBC and Telemundo stations across the country, Clear the Shelters includes 69 local animal shelters and rescues from Dallas-Fort Worth. On Aug. 17, the participating animal shelters and rescues offer waived pet adoption fees to help families adopt a new pet. (Other fees may apply in some shelters.)

“We’re pleased to see our original goal of alleviating overcrowding at local shelters has had such a great impact on our community,” said Tom Ehlmann, NBC 5 and Telemundo 39 president and general manager. “Now in its fifth year, nationwide, we’ve been able to witness this campaign grow and truly make a difference.”

During Clear the Shelters, on August 17, NBC 5 anchors Brian Curtis and Laura Harris will host a live one-hour special at 9:30 a.m. on NBC 5. Telemundo 39’s Norma Garcia, Enrique Teutelo, and Carlos Zapata will host a one-hour special in Spanish language on Telemundo 39 at 10 a.m. The stations’ coverage will document this special day, including the community’s efforts, to help inspire families to adopt homeless pets. NBC 5 and Telemundo 39 will continue to offer live-streaming video of the day’s events online at NBCDFW.com and Telemundo39.com.

Last year, the NBC 5 and Telemundo 39 stations’ Clear the Shelters campaign resulted in more than 7,400 pets finding new homes in Dallas-Fort Worth. Since 2015, NBC and Telemundo stations’ Clear the Shelters effort has resulted in more than 256,000 total pet adoptions across the nation.

“It never ceases to amaze me to see so many people come out on this one day a year to adopt a new pet from a local animal shelter,” said Corey Price, Animal Services Manager for the City of Irving. “With so many animals in our shelters, we are grateful for the support of NBC 5 and Telemundo 39 for helping them find new homes.”

North Texans can get involved through the NBC 5 and Telemundo 39 Clear the Shelters social media campaign by sending a photo and quick blurb about their pet to NBC 5 at iSee@nbcdfw.com and Telemundo 39 at telemundo39@telemundo.com.

Clear the Shelters is an initiative spearheaded by NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, a division of NBCUniversal. Clear the Shelters is sponsored nationally by Cat’s Pride and Hill’s Pet Nutrition.

This year, 98.7 KLUV joins as an official local sponsor of Clear the Shelters in North Texas.

NBC 5 extends its support for shelters and rescue organizations throughout the year by hosting a weekly Clear the Shelters segment on Sundays at 8:00 a.m. to continue helping save lives by bringing about community awareness and providing another avenue to share stories of available pets at participating animal shelters.

For more information about the stations’ pet adoption campaign, visit CleartheShelters.com. You can also follow the effort on social media by using the hashtag #CleartheShelters. To access information in Spanish, please visit DesocuparlosAlbergues.com and follow #DesocuparlosAlbergues.

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